MY NEW TOTEM LIGHT>

western sydney nsw, Australia

I used a old length of pipe to make the totem and solar light on top.
Elaine.

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Beaumont, TX(Zone 8b)

That's cool looking. Can you take a photo at night so we can get the evening effect? As pretty as it is, I'd be wanting to light up the mosaic! HAHAHA

Janet

western sydney nsw, Australia

Hi Janet ,
Its 9 P.M. here I have a solar spot light high lighting the totem ----------Elaine.

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

clever

Beaumont, TX(Zone 8b)

That is really neat. Thanks for taking the nighttime photo. I love it!

western sydney nsw, Australia

I have never taken night photo before its here is my little pond at night..----------Elaine

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Beaumont, TX(Zone 8b)

WOW! You have your own mermaid er..... um..... pond lady!!!

Beautiful yard Elaine. I bet you really enjoy your evenings there. Do you have lots of mosquitoes like we do?

western sydney nsw, Australia

Hi , Not alot of mosquitoes the worse is Flys when you eat out side in the day this reminds me I must hang the drapes at the monment we are are having gale force winds this week so not enjoying out side this week last night I took photo of my BBQ area pleased with the look at night sould have tided up first but it has a lived in look.---------Elaine

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Beaumont, TX(Zone 8b)

So, what's for dinner? HAHAHA

That looks like a great place to enjoy a meal. Even the cooking of it.

Is it your summer now?

Janet

western sydney nsw, Australia

We are at the start of summer we had a very hot spring but this week it is like winter with strong wind and rain the good part is the water tank is full ready for when the heat starts .--------Elaine

Las Vegas, NV(Zone 9a)

Elaine, when we were in Maui they had all these plastic large zip lock bags hanging in the eating area with about 6 pennies in each bag. Something with the sun shining on the bag with the movement of the bag and pennies keeps the flies way. Something about being another flying insect nest that scared them away. They bags were all over Maui and seemed to work. There were none on the trail to Hana. We were over run with flies other insects. Give it a try. Our friend here in Las Vegas with horses tried it and said it was amazing. Go to Google to get the exact directions But we were surrounded by flies while ordering lunch but when we saty down, no flies. I actually asked why the hanging bags of water with pennies.

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

I'm glad you mention the zip lock bag with pennies in it, as I now recall my sister-in-law had one hanging outside her back door. She said she was going to give it a try. I'll have to tell her about everyone using them in Hawaii. I'll have to try it myself because I have a time with the flies once in a while. Wonder who came up with that idea, very clever. She said she got the idea in an e-mail.

Well, Elaine, you have been busy again. Great idea with the solor light. Have to give that one a try. I see some of my neighbors have them around their yard, looks so nice in the evening. Wonder why some neighbors can have them around and others have theirs taken. Me thinks we have a crabby neighbor.

western sydney nsw, Australia

Hi - please dont laught but whate colour is a penny I have posted our coin i will start with the big silver one is -----------50 cents
next ----------------------20 cents
----------------------------10 cents
---------------------------1 dollar
------------------------------ 5 cents
----------------------------2 dollars
Sorry did not set them out in order .
I think the colour might be our 2 dollar but not sure ---I dont like useing sprays as soon as I know the colour the bags will go up.
Pegi Thates why I have every thing in my back yard nothing can be seen from the street dont like to speak ill of people sorry to say its a fact of life always one bad apple in the barrell. ---Elaine.

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(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Elaine, American pennies are made of copper, so your 2 dollar coin is the closest in color. You could probably get American pennies somewhere, it would be a lot cheaper than using $2 coins! (a penny is only one cent)

western sydney nsw, Australia

Thanks we used to have a coin 1 cent I think it was made from copper they stoped them a few years ago If I really search I must have some in old money boxes stored away ---thinking gold ribben might work its dark and raining out side will try in the morning . There are coin dealers in the city I could get some from.---------Elaine

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

They have talked about doing away with our penny for several years. I often wonder how that would work out. I have so many pennies, for some reason the younger people don't have much use for them and I end up with them. I used to put them in wrappers (50 cents) and take them to the bank, but now the bank won't take them. An article I googled said how to clean them (many ways) but haven't tried any of them. The poor lonely penny gets no respect.

Another nice day so have to get back to my iron gate and sweet peas. I thought about putting the gate in the back, but DH suggested putting it in one of the front flower beds. I'll just see how that works. If anyone wants to take it they are going to have a hard time getting it out of the ground as DH staked it up pretty good.

western sydney nsw, Australia

Our lowest coin is 5 cents The mad part of not having 1 cents is the prices still are EG-=
$ 4:99 so it goes to the next so its $ 5:00 The shops think it looks cheaper 1 cent under the dollar
remember the days when sweets was 2 for penny . --------Elaine.

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

There still are some people who see $4.99 and said it was only $4.00, knew a gal like that. Oh yes, penny candy was the greatest. Those were the days.

Didn't get out to plant my sweet peas as it was so hot. I planned on doing it later when the sun isn't shinning where I want to work. Never know what the weather is going to be from day to day. I think I want the cool weather back.

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Pegi, you can have my weather if you'll send me your sunshine. It's pouring rain here. ;)

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

I don't want too much rain so we can share rain/sunshine 50/50. I really thought our cool weather would stay, but I should know how it changes overnight.

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

50/50 works for me. We get sun and rain at the same time fairly often here... a real pain to drive in because of the glare, but it means lots of rainbows. :)

western sydney nsw, Australia

Its a beautiful day down here in fact its about time we had a day with out strong wind I have had a great start to my day been shopping and fround 2 great pots at $7 each its a quarter whate they were last week and mark down plants and solar lantens hope every one had a good day like mine.
----------------Elaine.

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(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Those pots are wonderful! I'm guessing you're going to paint or mosaic them, right?

western sydney nsw, Australia

Think they will be my next mosaicjob.
I just looked out my window the house 2 away from me has started to put out their Christmas decorations they are keen .----------Elaine.

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Geez, I'd think they'd want to do Halloween decorations first... LOL!

western sydney nsw, Australia

We dont have Halloween here our next big day is a horse race on the first Tues . in Nov. it is called the Melbourne Cup the whole nation stops to listen it is run in Victoria not the state I live they have a holiday thate day . Horses come from around the world to enter - all round the country people bet on it some its the only once a year bet they make.----------Elaine.

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Yeah? I thought Halloween was everywhere, not just the USA. Shows how dumb I am. LOL

I've heard of the Melbourne Cup- sounds pretty exciting. :)

western sydney nsw, Australia

You are not dumb I think its great learning about other countrys and how things are done when you read it in a book it is only words but from others there is more interest and it feels real .
Cup day is unreal a lot manage to go at least once i am lucky I have seen 5 run --now I only watch on TV .
I am one of the once a year have a bet dont follow the form I choose and bet on the colours
the jockey wears it has paid of more than once .It is the best horse on the day .---Elaine

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

Looks like you got a great haul there, Elaine. I have to go through my things and see what I have. Don't want to put any more out since our winter is just around the corner. We should be getting a lot of rain in Jan. & Feb. Some parts of US are getting frost already.

Well, I googled Halloween and was surprised to see how many centuries back it started. The Celtics started it with a festival of the dead. In the 2nd half of the 19th century all the immigrants that came to America to escape the potato famine helped to popularize going from house to house asking for food or money. Today that is our trick or treat. Said people have beem making jack o'lanters at Halloween for centuries. Boy, I never know any of this. I guess the witch came about when ghost stories were being told. Nothing about Salem being mentioned.
It is so so popular now that no matter where you go you find Halloween things. There was a lot more to read, but at least I can say I know a little more about the Holiday. Our city hall has a big party on the huge lawn for kids & parents every year. There have been so many dangerous things being put in cancy & apples that it is almost scary to let your kids go out. Never had to worry about that when I took my kids out.

western sydney nsw, Australia

Hi Pegi,
Theres the proof Iam the dumb one did not enter my mind to google it.
Some of my great great great I think thates about enought greats aunts and uncles went to the US
for a new start because of the famine on my fathers side -- and my mothers side they left England
to go to Virginia it was the place to go in 1685 settled at Charles River Virginia later a lot more family moved to the US.
Times had changed so much.in such a short time.----------Elaine

Mona in Metcalfe, ON(Zone 5a)

hey we have halloween in canada I think its a north american thing
in europe they celebrate the dead so with torches they go to the cemetaries and pray for the departed

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Praying for departed souls is here too, more of a religious part. Of course, commercialized here and gets more so each year, my opinion.

Mona in Metcalfe, ON(Zone 5a)

yup same here the stores want to make money of the kids and my youngest really doesnt need the calories the candy will provide but I cant talk the girls out of it even with an offer of taking them out to do something else

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

I love your totem! What a good idea to use the pipe! Did the mortar stick well, or did you have to do anything to it to make it stick?

western sydney nsw, Australia

Hi Juneybug,
I used Brand name - Easy Tile - its a multi purpose ceramic tiling adhesive thate is used for tiling bathrooms I did not say the pipe is PVC had no problum to stick it was the first one I tryed
the next will be a thinner pipe tryed a lot of differant tiles found they all went on easy I did fit a dish in side so tiles are a inch above the grass so next time I will leave the bottom bare the first 2 ins .hammered a stake in the ground and placed the totem over now it wont blow over this was the first next time I can do a nice patten this one one was just to try if it all worked.
Elaine.

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

It worked great for a trial peice!

Ashland City, TN

sammut...love your totem pole. I've been wanting to make one and I also do mosaics - adding the light makes a great combination. Beautiful.

western sydney nsw, Australia

Hi .
I was not happy with the light so now have changed to a nother light.
Iam only new to mosaics but found doing them are a lot of fun I started doing small pots first this was the bigest I have tryed. Have a go the good part is its a cheap hobby to start .---Elaine

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Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

That is nice light! I bet that it looks pretty at night. Glad to hear that this is a cheap hobby to get into as I want to do it too.

western sydney nsw, Australia

I will show you whate I use on my work bench is a pot- a tile I have started to smash allways wear saftey goggles when smashing tiles and cover the tile with material little pieces will fly up -adhesive I use a plastic knive to put the adhesive on the tile pieces leave a little space between the tile pieces
for when you grout -- sorry I did not put the grout out its the same as used on wall tiles .
You will find you have most things in the work shed get a pot from the garden give it a clean and of you start -----Elaine

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